Prosecutors say Pacific Gas and Electric managers ordered the destruction of incriminating documents about the deadly 2010 explosion of the utility's pipeline in San Bruno, a San Francisco news website reports.
The prosecutors made the charge late Monday in federal court papers based on a statement from former PG&E employee Leslie Banach McNiece, who said there were "instances when she received specific instructions to destroy documents" related to the blast, sfgate.com reported.
A spokesman for the utility, Greg Snapper, called her allegations "mischaracterizations." "We look forward to the opportunity to shed light on the facts in court," he said, according to sfgate.com.
The criminal case is scheduled for trial in U.S. District Court in San Francisco in March. The government is seeking up to $500 million in penalties against the utility. No former or current PG&E executives face charges, sfgate said.
Eight people died in the pipeline explosion in the community south of San Francisco and 38 homes were destroyed.
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